Youth project gets $1.1M grant
The city Department of Community Services received a two-year $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to continue its YouthBuild program.
Those who participate in the YouthBuild program are at-risk individuals between 16 and 24 years old. The students divide their time between the classroom and the job site where they either build or repair homes for low-income families in their own neighborhoods.
The program started on Oahu in 2000. Its goal is to help youth earn their high school diploma or GED, learn to be community leaders, and prepare for college or postsecondary training schools.
YouthBuild works in partnership with public and private entities that include Farrington Community School, Hawaii Laborers Union, Hawaii Public Housing Authority, Oahu Work Links, the Self Help Housing Corporation of Hawaii and Windward Community College.
Kauai wants bike project audited
The Kauai County Council has asked the state to audit the county's huge, $50 million federally subsidized bike path project after permitting snafus and other problems caused delays.
The project, which was started in 2002 and has already cost more than $18 million, is proposed to run along the shoreline and connect Anahola Bay to Nawiliwili Harbor.
One section, fronting Lydgate Park, is completed, while two other segments in Kapaa are nearing completion.
But work was halted last year when pavilions built as part of the bike path project did not conform to the state-issued shoreline permits.
Another work stoppage occurred earlier this year when differing county attorney opinions made it unclear whether the county had violated its shoreline certification permit when it didn't start work on the project within a year.
In a battle at their bimonthly meeting Wednesday, the Council voted 4-3 to request the State Office of the Auditor to conduct a performance audit on the bike path project, including expenditures, permitting and compliance with grant requirements.
American Indian educators meet
More than 3,000 people from across the country are expected to attend the annual convention of the National Indian Education Association, to be held in Hawaii for the first time, Thursday to Oct. 28.
Verlie Ann Malina-Wright, vice principal of Anuenue School in Honolulu, is the first native Hawaiian to head the National Indian Education Association.
The conference, at the Hawaii Convention Center in Waikiki, will focus on educational issues facing native groups, from early childhood through higher education, organizers said. Native leaders, educators and Congressional representatives will also learn about local efforts to perpetuate the Hawaiian language and culture, according to organizers.
For more information, visit the NIEA Web site, www.niea.org.
Police, Fire, Courts
Makaha fire shifts to mountains
The Makaha blaze from Friday afternoon continued to burn through yesterday evening, but no homes were threatened.
About 60 Honolulu firefighters and two helicopters battled the blaze, which had engulfed about 300 acres by last night.
The fire was about 70 percent contained, said fire spokesman Capt. Frank Johnson. Most crews were sent home last night, Johnson said, but some firefighters remained to monitor hot spots.
The fire was first reported at 3:12 p.m. Friday behind the Makaha Valley Towers. The blaze moved away from the residential area throughout the night. Residents reported thick smoke from the brush fire blanketed the area Friday night.
"It's far from the towers now, and it's up in the mountain areas," Johnson said yesterday. "It's nowhere near any homes."
Police seek driver in H-1 hit-and-run
Police are looking for the driver of a car that struck two men on the H-1 freeway late Friday night.
At about 11:12 p.m. Friday, a white 2002 Nissan Altima pulled over to the right side of the freeway between the airport onramps and offramps heading eastbound. Two men, ages 18 and 20, exited the car and began to fix a left rear flat tire, police said.
Another vehicle, headed east, struck the parked car and the pedestrians. Both men, whose listed address is Schofield Barracks, were hospitalized in serious condition.
Officers from the police vehicular homicide division have opened up a failure to render aid case. It is not known whether speed or alcohol were factors, and police did not have a description of the suspect vehicle yesterday.
Suspect accused of attacking man
Police arrested a 36-year-old man who allegedly attacked another man for no apparent reason.
A 42-year-old man was sitting in his car at about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in Kalihi when the suspect assaulted him without provocation, according to police.
The suspect fled, but police found him at his Iwilei home about an hour later. He was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized entry into a vehicle.
Police say man hit woman in the face
Police arrested a 34-year-old man for allegedly attacking a woman Friday in their Waianae home.
At about 8:30 a.m., the suspect allegedly head-butted and punched a 28-year-old woman in her face, causing minor injuries. The pair live together.
The suspect was arrested at their Laumania Avenue home on suspicion of abuse of a household member.
Wanted man might brandish machete
Hawaii County police are looking for a 37-year-old Puna man who they say is known to carry a machete and might be dangerous.
John "Jake" Pancoast Moorehouse III is wanted on two warrants. Officers have spotted Moorehouse in the Kehena area of lower Puna but police said he has evaded capture by running into the brush. Officers have also found campsites that Moorehouse used along the coastline in the area.
While the police ask for the public's help locating Moorehouse, they warn that people should not approach him because he might be carrying a machete.
Moorehouse is 5-foot-6, 140 pounds, clean shaven with a shaved head, according to police, who released a photo that shows the suspect with long hair and a beard.
Anyone with information about Moorehouse or the site of his current campsite is asked to call the Hawaii Police Department's nonemergency number at 935-3311.
Callers who prefer to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.
Pair arrested over alleged car theft
Police arrested two men who allegedly tried to run away after being seen in a stolen car.
Police said that at about 9:10 p.m. Wednesday officers pulled over a car in Pearl City with fraudulent dealer plates.
The men in the car, ages 42 and 23, fled on foot after being stopped, police said, but were caught a short time later on Kamehameha Highway. Police said the vehicle had been stolen in a recent burglary.
The older man was arrested on suspicion of auto theft, while the passenger was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized entry of a vehicle.